The Simple Mac App Which Lets You Know When The Mac’s Disk Is About To Go Belly Up

In real estate, it’s location, location, location. For Mac users, it’s backup, backup, backup. The reason for a backup is obvious. Mac storage devices, whether the standard hard disk drive (HDD), or newfangled solid state storage (SSD), can crash and burn and take all your data into digital oblivion.

Add SMARTReporter to your Mac and let it monitor the hard disk drive for S.M.A.R.T. errors. Storage devices are better than ever these days, but they all have one thing in common. Sooner or later, the device will die and take everything you’ve stored.

All SMARTReporter does is constantly check the status of the disk and perform a few tasks to check for disk I/O errors, and even RAID degradation. It sits in the Menubar so you’re just a glance away from peace of mind or instant panic.


SMARTReporter is an inexpensive way to add a little more protection. It seems to work well about 75-percent of the time by providing a notification of disk drive errors.

That means disks can still go belly up, kick the bucket, or buy the farm, without any notification. SMARTReporter works only on ATA, SATA, or eSTATE hard disk drives, but not connected FireWire disks.

Is it better than nothing? Yes. Is it better than a good backup? No.


  1. I doubt that anyone can say whether this app is actually useful without extensive testing over a great period of time, but prior SMART data applications have been of no particular use because they have never warned of impending disk failure with any degree of reliability in my experience.

  2. Most of those who use S.M.A.R.T. utilities say the same thing. They give a warning about half the time; maybe a little better. I’ve used it for years on four Macs and it warned of a problem once, and the disk died shortly thereafter. It never warned on another Mac and the disk also died. The others are still running. It’s about half and half.